One-time Playfish vice president of global studios Jami Laes has taken up a new role at Angry Birds developer Rovio. GamesIndustry reports Laes has been appointed executive vice president of games, heading up the games division, and replacing former incumbent Petri Järvilehto, who is moving on. Both sides gave some typical press release quotes about how much they adore each other and how swimmingly they’re going to get on. Meanwhile, Playfish looks to have been broken up and absorbed by EA.
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Angry Birds developer Rovio has around 800 staff, but less than half of them are working on games. That’s the claim of executive vice president of games Jami Laes, who has commented on the company’s expansion into entertainment.
Former Playfish CEO Kristian Segerstrale believes the noise surrounding next-gen consoles is distracting publishers from “the fastest growing parts of the game industry.”
Although EA still isn’t keen to comment, it has made layoffs at at least one and probably two studios, with talk of a wider restructuring across its mobile and social divisions.